Volume 2, of the Selected Writings of Arthur Carl Piepkorn

Cover of Volume 2
Back Cover of Volume 2

 Volume 2, of the Selected Writings of Arthur Carl Piepkorn

was published in mid-June 2007

Foreword by Robert Kolb 
Edited and introduced by Philip J. Secker
Mansfield CT: CEC Press, June 2007.
xlviii + 313 pages = 361 pages. 1000 copies printed.

CEC Press is the publishing arm of the Arthur Carl Piepkorn Center for Evangelical Catholicity.

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Seminarians: See the discount in 1. below. Ten seminarians have taken advantage of this.

  • All foreign language in the text and important quotations in the notes have been translated
  • Contains six documents that have never before been published.
  • Headnotes give the historical background of each document.
  • There are many editorial footnotes and cross references.
  • A smaller font and more pages means there is more text in volume 2 than in volume 1.   
  • Wider inner margins and 50 lb. paper means the book is easy to read and copy quotes from
  • Contains the first complete printing of “I Believe,” Piepkorn’s personal confession of faith (1973).


Foreword by Robert Kolb 
 by the editor, who was the last student to receive a doctorate under Piepkorn. Contains a synthesis of Piepkorn’s beliefs about the Sacred Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions and their relationship, as well as an introductory comment on each document in the book.

Part 1 The Sacred Scriptures 
  Discussion of the Term “Canonical Scripture” (Why Lutherans have never closed their canon) 
  Lutheran Use of the Deuterocanonical books 
  The Inspiration of Scripture: The Posiiton of the Church and the Symbols 
  Review of Robert Preus’ doctoral dissertation,The Inspiration of Scripture: A Study of the Theology of the Seventeenth-Century Lutheran Dogmaticians, Mankato: The Lutheran Synod Book Company, 1955. 
  What does “Inerrancy” Mean? plus a 1000 word addendum containing a 1968 letter on inerrancy 
  Old Testament exegesis and the Lutheran Symbols 
  Correspondence: A letter in respond to a request for information on “Scripture Authority”

Part 2 The Lutheran Confessions
  The Council of Chalcedon, 451-1951 (Its modern meaning) 
  What the Reformation Was Not 
  The Significance of the Lutheran Symbols for Today 
  No New Symbols 
  Suggested Principles for the Hermeneutics of the Lutheran Symbols 
  Melancthon, the Confessor (Philip Melancthon wrote much more of the Symbols than Luther) 
  Walther and the Symbols (Walther was the founder of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) 
  The Augsburg Confession for Our Time 
  Why Still Be Lutheran? 
  Reflections on the Teaching of Courses in Symbolics 
  Subscription to the Lutheran Symbols (The oath that pastors and teachers take) 
  The Lutheran Symbolical Books and Luther 
  Let’t Change the Creed! 
  Erasmus and the Paradox of Subjective Salvation 
  The Crisis in Systematic Theology 
  Correspondence: “The Article by which the Church Stands or Falls” 
  Do the Lutheran Symbols Speak Where the Sacred Scriptures are Silent? 
  Correspondence: The Gospel and “All Its Articles” 
  I Believe (Piepkorn’s personal confession of faith from the year he died)

About Arthur Carl Piepkorn (an 11 page biography by the editor)

The book is in more than twenty libraries in the US, Canada, Australia and China (Hong Kong) and more than 220 copies have been shipped as of December 15.

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